Tiger pounces on popularity of debit cards

Low-cost airliner Tiger has unveiled its new Tiger Raw tickets, which waive the standard $5 booking fee for flights booked with a Visa or Mastercard debit card.

Pouncing on the fact that debit cards are becoming increasingly popular in Australia, Tiger has launched the product in order to offer consumers a stripped-down travel service.

Commercial director Steve Burns said that the new Raw product epitomises the Tiger strategy of allowing passengers to pay for their seat and opt only for the extras they need.

"By choosing to pay by debit card, there are no extra charges added so you know the fare you see online is the fare you will pay – and you get up to 7kg of hand-baggage for free," he said.

However, Ben Sandilands, author of the Plane Talking travel blog, has criticised the airline for not extending the new deal to credit card customers, arguing that charging a fee on a hand-luggage only ticket is a "rip-off".

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